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Plotting The American Role In Fighting The AIDS Epidemic

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 12:00

To learn about the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, Melissa Block talks with Deborah Birx, the U.S. Global AIDS coordinator. Birx talks about combating complacency in the fight against the AIDS epidemic.

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Who's The Boss? Labor Board Says It's McDonald's, As Much As Franchisee

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 12:00

In a preliminary finding, the National Labor Relations Board said McDonald's could be held responsible for its franchisees' mistreatment of workers on wage and firing issues. It's an early step, but it's already sending tremors through the fast-food industry and other areas of the economy that depend on contracted or franchised workers.

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Play Doesn't End With Childhood: Why Adults Need Recess Too

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 12:00

Play among children is vital for their social development. So what's in it for adults?

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Up Close And Personal With A 40-Story Oil Rig In The Gulf

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 12:00

The Gulf of Mexico accounts for more than 20 percent of U.S. domestic oil production. But few see these operations far offshore.

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Peace vigil at Belfast City Hall

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 11:52
Several hundred people say prayers for peace at a vigil at Belfast City Hall.

VIDEO: Inseparable couple die hours apart

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 11:46
A US couple, who were married for nearly 62 years, died just hours apart, their granddaughter has said.

Detroit porch shooting trial ends

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 11:46
Theodore Wafer, who killed an unarmed black woman on his suburban Detroit porch, should have called the police if he was afraid, prosecutors say.

Syrian weapon chemicals 'destroyed'

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 11:32
A consignment of chemicals transported to the UK as part of an agreement to dismantle Syrian weapons is destroyed.

Twin hurricanes threaten Hawaii

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 11:23
Hawaiians are stocking up on supplies as twin hurricanes barrel toward the US Pacific island state, threatening heavy winds and flash flooding.

Walgreens Drops Plan To Move Headquarters — And Profits — Overseas

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 11:10

The pharmacy giant will conclude its merger with British retailer Allliance Boots in a $15 billion deal. But the company decided to drop plans to move its headquarters abroad for tax purposes.

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Brief Counseling May Not Help With Most Drug Problems

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 11:02

Studies show that a chat with a doctor during a routine checkup can sometimes be enough to curb problem drinking. But the model doesn't work as well with problem drug use.

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Malaysia Flight Wreckage Was 'Like The End Of The World'

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 10:42

The New York Times' Sabrina Tavernise was among the first to arrive at the site of the downed flight in Ukraine in late July. She says it's hard to get the faces of the dead out of her mind.

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Nearly 50 Killed By Car Bombs In Baghdad Markets

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 10:41

Violence in primarily Shiite neighborhoods has been extreme in recent weeks. On Wednesday, three car bombs were detonated in crowded market areas.

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Ask Me Anything: Correspondent Emily Harris Discusses Gaza

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 10:34

For the past month, Harris has been covering the Israeli-Hamas battles in the Gaza Strip. She's answering questions Wednesday in a Reddit Ask Me Anything.

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Dutch Call Off Search For Additional Remains In Ukraine

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 10:18

The Dutch prime minister said continuing the search at the site of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight is too dangerous. Russia has stationed tens of thousands of troops near its border with Ukraine.

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The NCAA's top conferences break out

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-08-06 10:13

A new proposal that grants the country’s top college athletics programs more money for their athletes and loosens NCAA restrictions is expected to be approved Thursday.

"The move comes amid vigorous public debate about the proper role of sports in higher education, and whether college athletes should be compensated for the billions of dollars they help generate," says Marc Tracy, college sports reporter for The New York Times.

This proposal will make the Big 5 conferences' first-class status official, but it might not be good news for the smaller programs. Non-Big 5 athletic programs could possibly lose their funding or be shut down.

"If you’re a non-Big 5 school that nonetheless feels it needs to compete with Big 5 schools and offer more to students, say in football, then you might need to cut costs elsewhere," says Tracy. "Will that actually be something that happens? I don’t know, but it’s certainly possible."

Following Western Sanctions, Russia Orders Ban On Some Imports

NPR News - Wed, 2014-08-06 09:56

The Kremlin did not name names, but asked his agencies to come up with a list but also make sure that the ban prevents the "rapid growth of prices of agricultural and food products."

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Yelp's CEO on the end of the professional critic

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-08-06 09:43

Ten years ago PayPal alums Jeremy Stoppelman and Russel Simmons had an idea for a website that would allow users to review restaurants and other local businesses. The pair took $1 million in seed capital and turned it into Yelp.

“If you think about the world prior to Yelp, it was the world of the professional critic,” says Stoppelman. “And so that meant lots of businesses didn’t get any exposure at all and the ones that did had kind of a one-shot deal.”

Simmons has since left the company but Stoppelman remains CEO 10 years on. This year is significant for another reason too – in the last quarter, Yelp posted a profit for the first time.

Though it’s free for users to post reviews, Yelp makes money by selling advertisements to small businesses. That concept brought Google knocking in 2009 with an offer to buy the company. Stoppelman remembers the day Steve Jobs called, urging him not to sell. "Fortunately, we chose the independent path,"  Stoppelman says, "and I think the company is much more successful as a result."

As for how he and Simmons came up with the name for their now-ubiquitous company, they credit their early days at a business incubator.

“There was a guy we were working with, David, and he just came up with the name. He said it was like Help/Yelp or Yelp/Yellow Pages,"  Stoppelman says. "And both my and Russ’s initial response was 'Oh, that’s kind of a negative word.' But we slept on it and the next day, it was kind of history."

 

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated that the call from Steve Jobs to Jeremy Stoppelman was about selling. It was urging him not to sell. The text has been corrected.

Yelp CEO on the end of the professional critic

Marketplace - American Public Media - Wed, 2014-08-06 09:43

Ten years ago PayPal alums Jeremy Stoppelman and Russel Simmons had an idea for a website that would allow users to review restaurants and other local businesses. The pair took $1 million in seed capital and turned it into Yelp.

“If you think about the world prior to Yelp, it was the world of the professional critic,” says Stoppelman. “And so that meant lots of businesses didn’t get any exposure at all and the ones that did had kind of a one-shot deal.”

Simmons has since left the company but Stoppelman remains CEO ten years on. This year is significant for another reason too – in the last quarter, Yelp posted a profit for the first time.

Though it’s free for users to post reviews, Yelp makes money by selling advertisements to small businesses. That concept brought Google knocking in 2009 with an offer to buy the company. Stoppelman remembers the day Steve Jobs called, urging him to sell. "Fortunately, we chose the independent path"  Stoppelman says, "and I think the company is much more successful as a result."

As for how he and Simmons came up with the name for their now-ubiquitous company, they credit their early days at a business incubator.

“There was a guy we were working with, David, and he just came up with the name. He said it was like Help/Yelp or Yelp/Yellow Pages,"  Stoppelman says. "And both my and Russ’s initial response was 'Oh, that’s kind of a negative word.' But we slept on it and the next day, it was kind of history."

'Deeply rooted in Nottingham'

BBC - Wed, 2014-08-06 09:41
What does Nottingham hometown think of chemist chain's sale?
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